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Research Interests

Trang VoPham 2021

cancer epidemiology ∙ environmental epidemiology ∙ health disparities ∙ liver cancer ∙ liver disease ∙ geospatial science ∙ mapping and visualization ∙ geographic information systems (GIS) ∙ remote sensing ∙ exposure modeling ∙ electronic health records (EHRs)

Bio

Dr. VoPham is an epidemiologist based at Fred Hutch in Seattle, WA. Her research focuses on expanding the practice of geospatial science – the science of location – in epidemiology. In particular, her work uses methods in geospatial science to investigate environmental risk factors for cancer.

 

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease. One approach to better understanding human health is to examine the potential role of place (or location). The places where we live, work, and spend our time are associated with different exposures, particularly environmental exposures (e.g., chemical agents), that may influence the risk of developing disease.

 

Geospatial science is a powerful way to identify and make sense of patterns of exposures and diseases in space. Methods in geospatial science (such as geographic information systems or GIS) enable the use, visualization, modeling, and analysis of location-based information to conduct epidemiologic studies investigating how the environment may impact health.

She was born in Seattle, WA, but spent much of her early life in Virginia Beach, VA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, 2018

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Mentors: Dr. Francine Laden & Dr. Jaime E. Hart

PhD in Epidemiology, 2014

University of Pittsburgh

Mentor: Dr. Joel L. Weissfeld

MS in Geographic Information Science and Technology, 2014

University of Southern California

MPH in Epidemiology, 2010

University of Pittsburgh

BA in Sociology and Environmental Sciences, 2009

University of Virginia

Faculty Positions

2020-present   

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA

2019-present   

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology Program, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

2018-2019

Instructor in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


2018-2019

Associate Epidemiologist, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

 

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)

  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) 

  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)

Editorial Appointments

2021-present   

Review Editor, Editorial Board, Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Prevention Section, Frontiers in Epidemiology

 

2021-present   

Editorial Board Member, Epidemiology Section, British Journal of Cancer

2019-present   

Associate Editor, Preventing Chronic Disease

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2021: Emerging Scholar in Health and Medical Geography Award, American Association of Geographers

  • 2016-present: Clinical Research, Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award and Renewals, NIH/NIEHS

  • 2014: Academic Excellence Award, UNIGIS International Association

  • 2014: Director's Award for Population Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute